7) What can you tell us about your style?
I get called "cartoony" sometimes, and certain generations say they see a similarity to Hey Arnold (some animated series with which I am not familiar). I am directly influenced by two Canadian artists that I admire: Fred Peters and Tiko Kerr. My style is almost a combination of their two styles, but with more feminine, wiggly lines. I also obsess over skies and atmosphere. A landscape starts with the sky for me: until that works and is in place, the rest doesn't go anywhere. Figures. I’m a Libra, an air sign…not that I believe in that horoscopical silliness. Ahem.
With landscapes, I try to portray a sense that one might have when moving by it or through it, like when walking or running. Certain landmarks you see might hang in your head and then you see another landmark or point of interest; in your mind, it all seems closer together and brighter. When you view a panorama, you usually move your eyes from one point of interest to the next and the next and that's how you "feel" a view, like it's all crammed into your head and almost overflowing. So that's how I paint it. I try to do portraits the same way, verging on caricature. My abstracts are more experimental. Those are how I learn about paint and how mediums behave.
Someone once observed that my abstraction of nature was minimal but the abstraction of built things, like bridges and roads and buildings, was extensive. The statement, I guess, is that nature is inherently unstable but predictably so. When man-made things are portrayed all wiggly, the sense of them being impermanent and mortal is exaggerated. I think. So nature - mountains, trees, clouds, oceans - will always outlast us humans and whatever we create.